Searching for Sources of High Energy Neutrinos from Magnetars with IceCube

The IceCube Collaboration

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Magnetars are neutron stars with very strong magnetic fields on the order of 1013 to 1015 G. Young magnetars with oppositely-oriented magnetic fields and spin moments may emit high-energy (HE) neutrinos from their polar caps as they may be able to accelerate cosmic rays to above the photomeson threshold [1]. Giant flares of soft gamma-ray repeaters (a subclass of magnetars) may also produce HE neutrinos and therefore a HE neutrino flux from this class is potentially detectable [2]. Here we present plans to search for neutrino emission from magnetars listed in the McGill Online Magnetar Catalog using 10 years of well-reconstructed IceCube muon-neutrino events looking for significant clustering around magnetars’ direction. IceCube is a cubic kilometer neutrino observatory at the South Pole and has been fully operational for the past ten years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1135
JournalProceedings of Science
StatePublished - Mar 18 2022
Event37th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2021 - Virtual, Berlin, Germany
Duration: Jul 12 2021Jul 23 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


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